Thoughts and Insights by Michael Gregory

Disputes

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February 22nd, 2022

Educating the other party the way they want to be educated in a conflict

The Collaboration Effect© is all about connecting relationships, listening actively, and educating judiciously to build relationships and negotiate closure. Previous commentary on connecting relationships and listening actively lead us to today’s commentary on educating judiciously. That is the focus of this commentary. How can you educate someone else the way they want to be educated when conflict is involved?

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February 7th, 2022

Stress, health, aging, and conflict what do they have to do with each other and business valuation?

In many professions tight deadlines, being an expert witness, litigation, and other stressors impact your every day. The questions are what does this do to with your health? How does this impact your aging? What about conflicts at work? After some research in these areas here are some great ideas to help you with these issues and a personal insight related to business valuers.

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January 31st, 2022

How can you relieve your stress? The tax filing season is upon us.

For accountants tax season is all year long, but tax filing season just started, and tax accountants are in for a lot of work over the next three months. This is an annual cycle. So how can accountants and the rest of us address stress? This article explores some great sources of information on how stress impacts the body and what you can do to relieve stress and anxiety from a conventional review on the topic. But then, this article shares commentary with you from the field of positive psychology that I think you will find especially interesting.

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January 17th, 2022

Mediation and conflict resolution with business valuations

This commentary introduces you to alternative dispute resolution and then focuses on mediation and the application of mediation to resolve conflicts. Mediation can save significant time, money, resources, emotional toil, and physical toil on the participants leading to closure. Mediation is confidential, the parties make the decisions, the mediator remains neutral relative to the parties, if there is an agreement, the mediator writes up what the parties agreed to for closure. The terms of the agreement can be followed up legally after the session to ensure compliance with applicable laws.

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December 6th, 2021

Emphasize kindness when collaborating with difficult people

We all must collaborate with difficult people at times. Not everyone at work can be your friend. However, you need to collaborate with others to meet your goals. When someone else is difficult to work with this can be very trying, difficult, and frustrating. This article looks at the impacts, discusses alternatives and gives you ideas that you can try to make the situation as productive and tenable as possible. Successful people have been in this situation too and made the best of trying times. Learn from them and enhance your own probability for success in the future. They did it. So can you.  

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November 22nd, 2021

How to avoid conflict in negotiations

Understanding the roles and relationships in negotiations is critical for complex negotiations to avoid conflict. By taking the time to prepare each member of the negotiation to understand and fulfill their respective responsibilities is critical. As the negotiation unfolds members can adjust and modify their role as required in a negotiation based on their research and how the negotiation unfolds. There are steps you can take to avoid certain types of conflict in a negotiation. These are explored in this commentary.

October 22nd, 2021

How do you make uncomfortable situations comfortable?

We all must deal with people and stressful situations at work, home, and life.

September 20th, 2021

Here are six advantages of alternative dispute resolution

Do you want closure, an acceptable resolution, a chance to be heard and understood without having to go court? Consider alternative dispute resolution. This alternative provides you with what is often a better option and can save you money, time, and emotional toil. You could elect arbitration and have a third party make the decision, or what may be even better you could have a professional mediator mediate between the parties and help the parties come up an alternative the works for both parties. Alternative dispute resolution in the form of mediation is the focus of this article providing you with six advantages for you to think about.

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September 6th, 2021

This is how to prevent a high conflict employee from draining energy from you and your team

As a leader and manager your role is to promote productivity, be there to help, and support your team. So, what happens when an unhealthy conflict emerges. An unhealthy conflict erodes trust, drains you and your team members of energy, and takes time away from you and team members to address these concerns. When this happens this lowers morale.  People respond in various ways including shutting down, becoming angry, not collaborating, looking out for themselves, reducing business metrics, lowering customer satisfaction, and disenfranchising others. This can become contagious. What can you do? That is the focus on this commentary.

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July 24th, 2021

Do’s and Don’ts with tough Conversations

A difficult conversation can be something that makes you anxious or gives you stress. Everyone has difficult conversations The question is, what should you not do and what should you do when faced with a tough conversation. This could be personnel matter, a conduct issue, a reprimand, a transfer, a termination, or any of a host of difficult conversations. As an author that specializes in conflict resolution and collaboration, here are some observations to help you.

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